BOOK Harvest author Edward Posnett by Edward Posnett – ecogenlife.org
What do Eiderdown Edible Birds Nests Civet Coffee Sea Silk Vicuna fiber Tagua nuts and Guano all have in common They are all the subject of Edward Posnett s investigation into each of these objectsHe goes into the biology of the animal that creates each of these commodities how history of how humans have used and taken advantage of them in some retty disturbing ways along with his own firsthand observations as he travels across the world to experience the natural environment as well as talk with the various collectors Collectors andor guardians which have becoming rare as most locations are off the beaten Sketchy Behavior path and nearly all reuire hours ofrocessingA few bits that I took away from each object Harvesters are constructing enormous birdhouses within their cities for the swifts creators of the edible nests in order to keep access to their own flocks Civet coffee which has coffee beans eaten and excreted by a small cat like animal that were originally brought to the attention of Europeans because their anal glands Autumn Brides produce a yellow musk that was used as a base forerfume EewEider have learned to live with the harvesters since the humans will The Princess and the Three Knights protect their nests fromredators during nesting season in exchange for the eider down discarded once the fledglings have grown Also the term eider has been used to include other bird feathers and down as well as any fiber fillingTagua nut or vegetable ivory was originally used for buttons but is very biodegradable Moisture can cause the buttons to swell crack and The Beauty of Believing pop off whatever they are attached to But since it so resembles ivory it is also carved into small figurines and other objectsWhen lemon juice is applied to sea silk or byssus or the beards of the mollusks it turns to a golden color and has been woven into cloth since Roman times Sardinia is where the only weavers currently live and their stock is running out since theen mollusk is a Sticky Church protected species of. In a centuries old tradition farmers in northwestern Iceland scour remote coastallains for the down of nesting eider ducksHigh inside a vast cave in Borneo men Forbidden Love Unchained perched atop rickety ladders collect swiftlets’ nests a delicacy believed to be a cure for almost anythingEiderdown and edible birds’ nests both are luxuryroducts ultimately destined for the super rich To the rest of the world these materials are mere commodities but to the harvesters the.
The level which forbids any human interactionVicuna fiber is all from their backs and sides as their belly is bare to enable the animal to sweat Wonderfully soft and warm it is also uite expensive Ten years ago the Witches of the Deep South price of a yard ranged in the US1500 to US3000 rangeAnd what can you say about guano I was not surprised that it was still being mined in this case on the islands off the coast of Peru and each island has a guardian to watch over the nesting birds The job must be tremendously lonely and loud with bird calls Posnettrovides several thought Metro 2033 (Universo Metro) provoking and interesting views into our interactions with the natural world around us well at least with 7 of its creatures His writing style flows easily and he tries not toropose any easy answers on sustainability commodification or even conservation itselfI ve come away with several uestions as well as reflections on what humanity is doing to the c0 inhabitants of our world I certainly don t have the answers but Posnett certainly gave me some insight into areas that might get overlooked and maybe we should all that a look into seeing what we have in our own curiosity chest which is where he Christianity put all the examples he received from these travels2020 082 The first essay about Icelandic eiderdown was the strongest The rest were solid but it didn t seem to me that the author was as excited about the other topics as they were about the first one Posnett s book brings the eighteenth century curiosity cabinet into the twenty first century as he traces the cultural histories of natural objects such as birds nests vicuna fiber and guano In Strange Harvests Edward Posnett investigates the ways that our relationship with nature has been broken by capitalism and uses a curiosity cabinet of natural objects to force his readers to look around their own homes and ask where from and by whatrocesses they obtained the ordinary artifacts that make up their daily lives. Y are all imbued with myth tradition folklore and ritual and form Run for Your Life (Michael Bennett, part of a shared identity and historyThese objects are two of the seven natural wonders whose stories Harvest tells eiderdown vicuña wool sea silk vegetable ivory civet coffee guano and edible birds’ nests Harvest follows their journey from the wildestarts of the lanet traversing Iceland Indonesia and Peru to its urban centres drawing on the voices of the gatherers shearers and entr.
summary Harvest author Edward Posnett
Posnett often refers to the Victorian uest genre and his work mimics it taking him to far away laces subjecting him to trials and sometimes imparting bleak and sober lessons about our impact on nature He begins with the Icelandic and The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature (Penguin Press Science) (English Edition) possibly utopic harvest of eiderdown He looks into the systems ofrofit that rules its harvest most of the The Association of Small Bombs profit does not go to those doing the work as well as the division of labor women are very involved in this work and finally into what we destroy arctic foxes in this case torotect a species we see as valuable Our next stop is in the nearly insensate cave walls of Borneo where the subject of the dangerous work of retrieving bird s nests encompasses issues such as clashes between East and West monocultural agriculture and fears about dampening or obscuring native voices Similar chapters on civet coffee sea silk tagua nuts and vicuna wool take on other such hard hitting issues like conservation cruelty fraud animal display Wilderness Survival Handbook personal ethics and slavery In the end the importance of Posnett s work may not be the interesting modern day curiosity cabinet he assembles but the ways in which his work asks readers to come to know theroducts of their own lives What is natural Biodegradable Ethical What are the origins of the objects we live with Where have they come from and who helped bring them to us If readers grapple with these uestions we might come to live in a sustainable world At a time when human consumption is threatening our very survival along with the survival of thousands of other species comes this book examining the strange histories and travels of several natural items from harvest to marketplace Possnet takes the reader on a fascinating sometimes sad journey through time and The White Mans Burden place This is a book to savor Recommended for those who enjoy natural and social history Thanks to theublisher and Edelweiss for Visit the Sick providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair review. Epreneurs who harvestrocess and trade themBlending interviews history and travel writing Harvest sets these human stories against our changing economic and ecological landscape What do they tell us about capitalism global market forces and overharvesting How does a local micro economy survive in a hyper connected world Harvest makes us see the world with wonder curiosity and new concern It is an original and magical new map of our world and its riches.